Almost one year ago, I realized there was a baby boom going on around Northwest Ohio. All these mommas were counting and comparing weeks and due dates, and I enjoyed their pregnancy stories. (Those are often more enjoyable from the outside, looking in!) As you probably already know, I believe that pregnancy is one of God’s […]

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“You take pictures of what?!”  Even five years ago, this was a common phrase that birth photographers were asked upon telling others our career.  The appalled look was something we generally got used to, and then slowly…. we educated the masses.  One by one, birth photographers have showed the world that birth photography isn’t about […]

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  • Oh my gosh, I absolutely LOVE to see all of these together! This year is going to be so incredible. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      I was really excited about seeing it together, too! I can’t wait to see the entire collection of birth photos… it’s going to be huge, and amazing!ReplyCancel

  • So many gorgeous images in this contest! Thank you for sharing here on your blog, good luck to everyone!ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      My pleasure. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for sharing here on your blog Ashley! So many amazing work is going to be shown in the IAPBP Image of the Year competition, can’t wait to see them all!ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      Thanks for representing your country! The competition is going to be amazing!ReplyCancel

  • I am honored to be able to enter such an empowering photo in this amazing group. Wishing you all the best not only in the contest but for what is in store for you all this year and the next! Thank you all for showing birth is beautiful, birth is powerful and birth is empowering <3ReplyCancel

  • oh!! what amazing & powerful photos!! all of them deserve to win congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      They judges are going to have such a hard time choosing the best photos!ReplyCancel

  • I’m so excited to see all the images that were entered!

    Is that a clear drape behind the blue one in your c-section image? I’d love to see more of that delivery!ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      Morgan, it is a clear drape! It was kind of a crazy delivery. It was a planned Cesarean (baby was breach) but they weren’t going to allow me in. They decided at the last minute to let me in, and I’ve wondered if they didn’t lower the blue drape because they didn’t want me to photograph the details? Or if they just forgot to lower the blue one? I’m not sure! I was disappointed that they didn’t take it down, but it was a beautiful birth and everyone was very happy, so no complaints! 😉 You can see more of this birth, even a slide show, a blog post or so back. I had a lot, so I broke it up into two posts. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • These are all so incredible! I cannot wait to see the rest of the submissions from this year’s competition!ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      I can’t wait, either! After working with all of these amazing birth photographers and getting a sneak peak, I am really excited about seeing all of the submissions!ReplyCancel

  • It’s so amazing to see all of these images. Thank you for putting this together, and for including me. ❤ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      My pleasure, Esther! Thanks for contributing your image!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley, I just want to high five you (and all the other wonderful birth photographers who contributed to this blog post you’ve written). So many wonderful reasons to enter the IAPBP Image of the Year competition, and so much love & emotion in these photos. Good luck xxReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      Thank you, Cat! It was a great experience!ReplyCancel

  • So many beautiful examples of birth photography! Good luck to you!!ReplyCancel

Kelleigh’s “Gentle Cesarean” was a beautiful birth experience that I was so thrilled to photograph for her!  I stayed for the afternoon, long enough for both sides of the family to come and meet the newborn baby GIRL!  So it was kind of like they got a bonus Fresh 48 Hospital Session, and because of […]

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  • You have such a way with words Ashley! This birth story is breath taking. I especially loved the videography. That sweet baby’s cry made my heart jump. She sounds exactly like my first born’s newborn cry!ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      Thanks, Elise! I love being able to incorporate the audio into our photography slide shows. Video seems to bring the photos alive, and takes us right back to that moment. I wish I had done something like that when my kids were newborns!ReplyCancel

  • Oh Ashley! Beautiful birth and Fresh 48 images. I’m so glad she got such a gentle cesarean. Everyone looks so peaceful in these!ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      Thank you, Kayla. I was so happy for this new family. They wanted their birth photos so badly, I was just so grateful to be able to get into the hospital OR! We were all thrilled!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful story of a gentle cesarean! Your images are wonderful and I am sure the family will treasure them for years to come. The videos always make me cry, there is so much emotion!ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      Thanks, Shelly! The Birth Videos make me cry, every single time!ReplyCancel

  • WOW.

    I am speechless. This is so beautiful in every way <3ReplyCancel

  • Wow, what a beautiful birth story! I have witnessed a gentle cesarean, but it looks like it’s great for everyone involved.ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      Thanks, Mary! Yes, gentle cesareans are so healthy for new moms and especially the newborns. It enhances the bonding experience, especially in that ever-important first hour. To be able to provide birth photographs during that time was amazing, and will hopefully show other soon-to-be mothers that they can ask for these options! Raising awareness, and slowly improving birth!ReplyCancel

  • Love the moments you captured after this baby girl’s birth! You captured this new family perfectly!ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      Thank you, Corey! They are an amazing family and their birth was so joyous!ReplyCancel

  • Such a beautiful birth photography story. It’s awesome that the Toledo hospital they delivered at gave them the option of skipping the recovery room. I missed that first hour with my 3 children while I recovered alone.ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      I had to stay in a recovery room after both of my Cesarean births, as well. For the first one, they wouldn’t allow the birth photographer in, and I had not yet met my newborn. So for our first time meeting, we only had crappy snapshot photos, and they were taken by my husband, so we really missed a lot of great moments that should have been documented. I always feel like that was stolen from me, so I can completely understand. 🙁ReplyCancel

  • Oh, how sweet is this Birth and Fresh 48 Session you did at the hospital for this wonderful Toledo Ohio family? I love that you captured tiny details and all of the emotions that came along with his birth.ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      Thanks, Jennifer! I was actually lucky enough to photograph the birth, but I was there long enough after for it to be like a Fresh 48, as well! 🙂 It was a beautiful day!ReplyCancel

As a newborn photographer, I see a lot of babies throughout the Toledo and Wauseon area, and they all make me swoon.  But, when I see them right in my own backyard (literally, not just in Archbold, but literally in my backyard), I melt into pieces.  Recently, my next door neighbor welcomed a baby girl into […]

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  • Ashley, you’re an amazing newborn photographer! And this sweet babe has so much hair!ReplyCancel

  • Oh my gosh, her hair! What beautiful newborn photos, Ashley! If only I lived in Toledo…ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      I wish you lived in the Toledo area! That would be pretty cool! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • These newborn photos are magical! It sounds like you have such a fun neighborhood! I love this sweet girl’s hair!ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      We do have a nice group of neighbors here in Archbold. The kids play wonderfully and we are very lucky!ReplyCancel

  • What a beautiful baby girl! And that hair!! Swoon! Love the simplicity of her newborn session too. Your neighbor is very lucky to have you so close by!ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      Thanks! We love our Archbold neighbors. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • What a cute little newborn baby girl! What’s in the Toledo water? Her hair is to die for. Love the colours you picked for her newborn session — dark and light.ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      Right?! There must be something in the Toledo water, because I’ve photographed babies with lots of hair a lot lately! (Which is not really common for me!) I’m loving it!ReplyCancel

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